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Building on our Past, Innovating for our Future

A NY/NJ Life Sciences & Healthcare Symposium

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Date: 6/24/2021  
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET


MC: Brandon Morrison
Vice President, Life Sciences/New York

9:00 – 9:10 AM

Welcome & Overview of the Symposium

Mike Fratianni
Managing Director, Construction, Americas

9:10 – 9:20 AM

Introduction to Lendlease Science & Technology Practice

Steve Eberling
General Manager, Life Sciences


Richard Steimel
General Manager, New York Healthcare

9:20 –10:00 AM

A Roundtable Discussion: Overview of the Changing Life Science & Healthcare Industry

Nancy J Kelley
President & CEO 
Nancy J Kelley + Associates

Susan Rosenthal
Senior Vice President, Life Sciences & Healthcare 
New York City Economic Development Corporation

Lenzie Harcum
Program Manager 
New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Bunny Ellerin
Co-Founder & CEO 
NYC Health Business Leaders

Steve Sommer 
President, New York Construction

Panel Discussions: What Have We Done in the Past? What Can We Do in the Future? 

10:00 - 10:33 AM

Panel 1: A Life Science Hub for a New Academic Campus
Columbia University’s Jerome L. Greene Science Center 
The 9-story, 457,000 square foot Jerome L. Greene Science Center, home to the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, reinforces and expands Columbia’s role as an international leader in neuroscience education and research. The structure, the first building to rise on the 17-acre Manhattanville site, is the largest research building that Columbia has ever built and the biggest academic science building in NYC.

Moderator: Nancy J Kelley
President & CEO 
Nancy J Kelley + Associates

Hany Ayoub
Associate Vice President, Project Management 
Columbia University, Manhattanville Development

Mitch Simpler 
Managing Partner, Emeritus

Eliza Horstman 
Senior Project Manager, New York

10:33 - 11:06 AM

Panel 2: A Hospital Goes All-in for AI 
Mount Sinai Health System Artificial Intelligence and Human Health Research Facility 
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) intends to renovate 3 East 101st Street, the former Nurses Residence Hall built in 1963, into a state-of-the-art dry-laboratory research facility. Mount Sinai intends to use this new state-of-the-art building to facilitate the recruitment of new faculty and help establish ISMMS as a leader in Biomedical Research and patient care. 

Moderator: Christopher Dardis
Project Executive, New York

David Schwartz
Principal – Regional Leader for Science & Technology 

Timothy Krawetz
Senior Principal 
Syska Hennessy Group

11:06-11:39 AM

Panel 3: Vaccine Manufacturing Gets Lean
Merck & Co. B46 Vaccine Expansion & FLEX Facility 
The Merck B46 Vaccine Expansion project is a renovation of approximately 104,405 square feet of existing vivarium, support and mechanical areas into a new state-of-the-art flexible lab and office facility to support the commercial viability assessment of the new drug campaigns. These new flex labs will co-locate research and manufacturing groups for development and analytical functions to enable future collaboration of operations, which will increase the speed of product development to reduce time to clinical trials.  

The new Formulation and Laboratory Experimentation (FLEx) Facility is a multi-product facility designed to support product development and clinical supply execution for both human and animal health. This new space will offer a state-of-the-art research and development center that will transform drug product and analytical development to Merck. 

Moderator: Rob Ledder
Principal, Life Sciences

Sami Ismaili

Executive Director, Global Engineering Solutions
Merck & Co.

Bob Brady
Director of Engineering
Merck & Co.

David Schnaudt
Director, Project Management
Merck & Co.

Bobby Thomsen

Principal, Life Sciences

Mike O’Donnell
Senior Project Manager, Life Sciences

11:39 AM - 12:12 PM

Panel 4: Production Facility Construction Goes Hi-Tech
Pfizer Plasmid DNA – Suites GH 
The Pfizer Plasmids – Suites GH Project was a full gut/rebuild of existing pharmaceutical manufacturing suites located within a 1974 building, originally constructed for lab/office use. It is now one of the world’s largest Plasmids Production Facility used to support the manufacture of a proposed therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and COVID-19 vaccine.  

Moderator: Steve Eberling 
General Manager, Life Sciences

Doug Dowling
Project Executive, Life Sciences

Patrick J. Watters 

Capital Program and Compliance Director Global Technology and Engineering

Tom Perry
Principal, Life Sciences

12:12 - 12:45 PM

Panel 5: Research & Data Takes Center Stage
Bristol-Myers Squibb Modules M&N + Celgene’s Summit West S5 Data Center 
The BMS Modules M&N project included the construction of two new research and development buildings located on the Lawrenceville, NJ campus. There are connectors at the basement and ground floor levels of the new buildings to the existing campus buildings to provide uninterrupted circulation flow. Module M includes chemistry and biology laboratories with associated offices and a dedicated mechanical space in the basement. Lead Discovery and Optimization (LDO) occupies Module N.  

Celgene Data Center project included the renovation of 3,000 square feet of the first floor and basement space of on the BMS Summit West building. It involved a complete interior renovation with associated demolition abatement of a legacy shop area to new Tier III (2N) supported data room with dedicated and diverse electrical and mechanical infrastructure interior and exterior to the building beyond the stated project area, computer room and campus data cabling.   

Moderator: Dave Seavers

Principal, Life Sciences

Rich Maurer 
Director, Engineering 
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Paul Palmieri
Project Manager, Global Capitol Project Engineer 

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Michael J. O’Brien 
Section Manager - Construction Contract Administrator 

HDR Inc.

12:45 – 1:00 PM


Conclusions & Wrap Up

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